Comrade Disney’s Soviet Tomorrowland… Akademgorodok

Comrades, Soviets, prisoners – lend me your ears! I come to bury Stalin, not to praise him! Stalin’s death on March 5th, 1953, brought about the new regime of Nikita Khrushchev, one of the heads of the Soviet Union. During the Twentieth Party Congress on February 25th 1956, Khrushchev, in bold manner, closed all doors … Continue reading Comrade Disney’s Soviet Tomorrowland… Akademgorodok

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The Thaw

Cover image: Youths dancing in Moscow during the Festival.  Following Stalin’s death in 1953, there was a “thawing out” of the typically strict, uptight Soviet culture. Creativity began to flourish with the end of the gulags, the Space Race, and the new generation rising up. In 1957, that new generation hosted the International Youth Festival in … Continue reading The Thaw

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Thaw of the Youth

After the death of Stalin in 1953, there was a time of cultural “thawing.” This was a liberation of culture lead by Nikita Khrushchev when he came to power. He allowed for cultural expression to become free and expressive once again, when it had been oppressed under Stalin. With Khrushchev there was a lot more freedom…

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Okudzhava’s Last Trolley

After the death of Stalin in 1953, his successor Khrushchev brought a cultural thaw.  Although it did not necessarily promote freedom of expression, “the Thaw” allowed for many cultural expressions that would have been forbidden under Stalin.  One of the most common forms of expression during the Thaw was the more realistic representation of life.  […]

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